The chief liberal argument against sales and use taxes such as taxes on gasoline, cigarettes, and so on is that they disproportionately tax the poor while sparing the rich. This is supposed to be a bad thing, and if they truly took food out of the mouths of the poor or clothing off their bodies, these taxes would be truly wicked. They'd violate God's command to make sure that the poor have food and shelter.
However, apart from property taxes, essentials like food, clothing, and shelter are not generally taxed. Sales and use taxes are levied on nonessentials like electronics, cigarettes and alcohol, vehicles and gasoline. It's well-known that one of the reasons many poor people remain poor is--they're paying for (and abusing their bodies with) electronics, cigarettes and alcohol, vehicles and gasoline.
On the flip side, nonregressive taxes like the progressive income tax reduce the rewards of work. So when we insist on "no regressive sales taxes" and fund our government with income taxes, we're actually making the situation worse for the poor (and everyone) by encouraging spending and discouraging work.
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